WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Southern Sports Southern Sports en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:07:16 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Southern, Alabama State favorites in SWAC http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-alabama-state-favorites-in-swac/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-alabama-state-favorites-in-swac/ Southern Sports Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:22:50 PM Southern, Alabama State favorites in SWAC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Southern and Alabama State are the favorites to win their divisions for the upcoming football season.

It's the third straight year the Hornets have been picked to win the East, and they've fallen short the first two times.

Alabama State received 93 points, just two more than Alcorn State, followed by Jackson State (72), Mississippi Valley State (40) and Alabama A&M (34).

Southern beat Jackson State 34-27 in double overtime in last season's championship game.

The Jaguars' 95 points topped Prairie View A&M (88), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (66), Texas Southern (50) and Grambling (31).

Arkansas-Pine Bluff quarterback Ben Anderson is the preseason offensive player of the year for the second time.

Alabama State linebacker Kourtney Berry was picked to claim defensive honors.

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Southern prepares to defend case to NCAA http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-prepares-to-defend-case-to-ncaa/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-prepares-to-defend-case-to-ncaa/ Southern Sports Tue, 24 Jun 2014 9:48:26 PM Michael Cauble Southern prepares to defend case to NCAA

The Southern Jaguar athletic program will try to plead for help from the NCAA in Indianapolis on Wednesday while at the same time showing they've learned from their past mistakes.

The Jaguars are in danger of further sanctions from college sports governing body for the University's failure to adequately keep academic records for it's student athletes.


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Football announces kickoff times for 2014 schedule http://www.wbrz.com/news/football-announces-kickoff-times-for-2014-schedule/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/football-announces-kickoff-times-for-2014-schedule/ Southern Sports Wed, 28 May 2014 10:41:48 PM Football announces kickoff times for 2014 schedule

Southern University's 3-game homestand set for the month November has been assigned a 1 p.m. kickoff at A.W. Mumford Stadium as the football program announced the remaining start times to its 2014 schedule.

Southern will host Alabama State on Nov. 1 before welcoming Texas Southern and Mississippi Valley State to Baton Rouge on Nov. 8 and Nov. 15.

Kickoff times for all road games during the 2014 season has been finalized except for the Jaguars' 2014 season opener against UL Lafayette Aug. 30 in Lafayette.

Following the battle between defending conference champions at Cajun Field, the Jaguars will host Central Methodist on Sept. 6 and Northwestern State Sept. on 13 before opening defense of its SWAC title against Prairie View A&M on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m.

Southern will travel to face Alcorn State in Lorman, Miss. on Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. before hosting UAPB for homecoming on Oct. 4. The Jaguars road schedule concludes with a back-to-back games at Alabama A&M on Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. and at Jackson State on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.


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Texas Southern president: Small schools need help http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-southern-president-small-schools-need-help/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-southern-president-small-schools-need-help/ Southern Sports Thu, 15 May 2014 9:12:54 PM Texas Southern president: Small schools need help

BIRMINGHAM - Texas Southern University President Dr. John Rudley says smaller schools "are severely handicapped" by limited resources and need help from the NCAA.

Six Southwestern Athletic Conference schools could face postseason bans from the latest Academic Progress Rates, released on Wednesday. That includes half of the league's football programs and all of Southern's teams because of questions about the school's APR data.

Rudley, the chairman of the SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors, says historically black colleges and universities have graduation rates of 36 percent for all students.

He says the standard of a 50 percent graduation rate for athletes "is set so high that most HBCU's and other limited resource institutions cannot meet that standard."

Last year, 15 programs among seven schools were penalized.

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Southern's comeback bid squandered vs McNeese http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-s-comeback-bid-squandered-vs-mcneese/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-s-comeback-bid-squandered-vs-mcneese/ Southern Sports Wed, 30 Apr 2014 6:24:16 PM Brian Holland Southern's comeback bid squandered vs McNeese

LAKE CHARLES - The Southern Jaguars scored eight runs in the final two frames only to squander the lead in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off grand slam to lose 16-12 against McNeese State.

The Jaguar bats brought the team back after giving up five runs in the first inning and trailing the entire game until the top of the ninth.

Southern is now 0-20 when trailing after eight innings.

Sports 2's Brian Holland was there and has more from the road.

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Southern baseball ends home slate with a loss to Grambling State http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-baseball-ends-home-slate-with-a-loss-to-grambling-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-baseball-ends-home-slate-with-a-loss-to-grambling-state/ Southern Sports Sun, 27 Apr 2014 2:59:43 PM Chris Price Southern baseball ends home slate with a loss to Grambling State

BATON ROUGE - The Southern baseball team couldn't muster any magic on senior day, as the Jaguars closed out their home schedule with a 16-7 loss to Grambling State. 

The Tigers started off with a two-run home run by Juan Bueno in the first inning and led 4-0 after the first frame. 

The Jags rallied in the middle innings, but Grambling State tacked on nine runs in the 9th inning to produce the final score. 

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Southern baseball splits doubleheader vs. Grambling State http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-baseball-splits-doubleheader-vs-grambling-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-baseball-splits-doubleheader-vs-grambling-state/ Southern Sports Sat, 26 Apr 2014 9:21:50 PM Chris Price Southern baseball splits doubleheader vs. Grambling State

BATON ROUGE - Playing at home for the final time this weekend, the Southern baseball team gave the fans at Lee Hines Stadium reason to cheer, winning game two of a Saturday doubleheader after dropping the first. 

Southern fell 6-3 in game one, but staved off a late Grambling rally in the second to win 6-5 in 10 innings.

The two teams will meet for the final time in the regular season Sunday at 1:00 pm.

The Jaguars are holding out hope they still might be able to sneak into the SWAC tournament as the last seed.   


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Rare late-inning collapse dooms LSU baseball vs. Tennessee http://www.wbrz.com/news/rare-late-inning-collapse-dooms-lsu-baseball-vs-tennessee/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rare-late-inning-collapse-dooms-lsu-baseball-vs-tennessee/ Southern Sports Sat, 26 Apr 2014 8:49:08 PM Chris Price Rare late-inning collapse dooms LSU baseball vs. Tennessee

BATON ROUGE - The LSU baseball team watched a 7th inning lead fall through for the first time this season, as Tennessee rallied for 2 runs in the 8th and 2 runs in the 9th innings to top the Tigers 6-3 Saturday night. 

Jared Poche' threw seven strong innings for the Tigers, striking out four and leaving the game with a 3-2 lead after the seventh. 

The Tigers bullpen, however, couldn't hang on to the lead. 

Kurt McCune gave up two hits in the top of the 8th, and after Paul Mainieri replaced McCune with Joe Broussard, the junior from Gretna was unable to keep those runners off the board. 

LSU had one more chance in the bottom of the 8th inning, but with bases loaded and one out, Tyler Moore hit into an inning-ending double play.

Game three of the series is Sunday at noon. 

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Southern routed by Nicholls St., 13-2 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-routed-by-nicholls-st-13-2/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-routed-by-nicholls-st-13-2/ Southern Sports Wed, 23 Apr 2014 8:24:45 PM Brian Holland Southern routed by Nicholls St., 13-2

BATON ROUGE - Southern baseball is going through a tough stretch, losing 12 of their last 15 -- and that was before losing Wednesday night to Nicholls State 13-2.

The Colonels jumped all over the Jaguars with a 13-0 lead by the fifth inning.

Southern would get on the board with a pair of runs in the sixth inning, but Nicholls was too much for the home team in a run-rule ending in the seventh inning.

Four Jaguar pitchers walked 12 Colonel runners and 11 earned runs on the night.

For more on the Colonels and Jaguars, tune in to WBRZ Sports 2.

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Jags' Banks discusses decision to stay http://www.wbrz.com/news/jags-banks-discusses-decision-to-stay/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jags-banks-discusses-decision-to-stay/ Southern Sports Tue, 22 Apr 2014 9:08:39 PM Chris Price Jags' Banks discusses decision to stay

BATON ROUGE - Southern men's basketball coach Roman Banks said he still believes in his team and his administration, which are the main reasons he decided to agree to a contract extention. 

After the University failed to provide adequate academic information to the NCAA, the Jaguars probation status with the NCAA is still uncertain, but Banks is certain that the school shares his vision for the future of the program. 

"My thought process is that hopefully one day we'll be able to go to the NCAA tournament and beat somebody," Banks said on Tuesday. 

The administration expects to hear a ruling on their probation sometime later this week. 

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Southern hoops head coach Banks agrees to new deal with Jags http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-hoops-head-coach-banks-agrees-to-new-deal-with-jags/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-hoops-head-coach-banks-agrees-to-new-deal-with-jags/ Southern Sports Mon, 21 Apr 2014 9:16:15 PM Chris Price Southern hoops head coach Banks agrees to new deal with Jags

BATON ROUGE - Following a successful season and a tumultuous offseason, Southern University announced an agreement in principle to retain Roman Banks as the men's basketball head coach. 

Banks, the 2013 SWAC coach of the year, spoke with Texas A&M about an assistant coaching job with the Aggies but ultimately returned to the Jaguars, who are still under NCAA probation for academic infractions.

"Today, Southern University has expressed its commitment to the future of the men's basketball program by investing in me to remain as head coach," Banks said. "With a new agreement in place, I am eager to move the men's basketball program forward while elevating the standard of excellence that we set as a coaching staff when I first arrived in 2011."

Banks is 59-37 as Southern's head coach: he led the team to the 2013 SWAC tournament championship, and the 2014 team to the regular season title. 

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Southern's Pro Day finds 'diamond in the rough' http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-s-pro-day-finds-diamond-in-the-rough-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-s-pro-day-finds-diamond-in-the-rough-/ Southern Sports Wed, 9 Apr 2014 7:02:55 PM Brian Holland Southern's Pro Day finds 'diamond in the rough'

BATON ROUGE - While veteran players like Lee Doss and Dray Joseph still have a good chance to be picked up by an NFL team this May, Southern's Pro Day found a name not regularly featured on a fall Saturday on The Bluff.

Rashaun Allen only registered nine receptions this season for the Jags, but "Big Tight" as he's known by teammates and coaches came through with some amazing numbers Wednesday to grab the attention of NFL scouts.

The Cleveland, Ohio native benched 225 pounds 24 times, posted a 39-inch vertical leap, and ran a 4.6-40 yard dash at 250 pounds to impress scouts, coaches and teammates.

"I feel like there is no ceiling for me," said Allen. "I think a lot of teams saw the best in me today."

Former Jaguar quarterback and leader Dray Joseph also had a good day throwing the ball, according to several scouts.

His accuracy stood out, and there to catch almost every pass was fellow graduating senior Lee Doss.

Both athletes could be picked up in the late rounds of this May's NFL Draft.

For more on Pro Day, tune in to WBRZ Sports 2.

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LSU softball can't complete sweep of Vols, fall 9-0 in series finale http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-can-t-complete-sweep-of-vols-fall-9-0-in-series-finale/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-can-t-complete-sweep-of-vols-fall-9-0-in-series-finale/ Southern Sports Sun, 6 Apr 2014 9:24:16 PM Chris Price LSU softball can't complete sweep of Vols, fall 9-0 in series finale

BATON ROUGE - The LSU softball team gave up 2 runs in the first inning and never recovered in their series finale against #2 Tennessee, falling 9-0 after winning the first two games. 

Tigers starting pitcher Ashley Czechner was pulled after she gave up a third run in the third inning, but Baylee Corbello could do little to stem the Volunteer hitting. 

The Tigers (22-16) offense could only muster 3 hits on the day, as they fell to 4-8 in SEC play.

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Southern football prepares for spring game Saturday http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-football-prepares-for-spring-game-saturday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-football-prepares-for-spring-game-saturday/ Southern Sports Fri, 28 Mar 2014 4:57:32 PM Chris Price Southern football prepares for spring game Saturday

BATON ROUGE - Just off the friendly confines of Mumford Stadium, the Southern football team held it's final practice on Friday before its spring football game on Saturday afternoon.

The Jaguars will start at 2pm in Mumford Stadium on Saturday, where fans will get a chance to see how a full slate of practices has added to the game of presumptive starting quarterback Deonte Shorts. 

The spring game should last between an hour and two hours. 

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McNeese falls to Southern at home 4-3 http://www.wbrz.com/news/mcneese-falls-to-southern-at-home-4-3/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mcneese-falls-to-southern-at-home-4-3/ Southern Sports Tue, 18 Mar 2014 7:27:08 PM Chris Price McNeese falls to Southern at home 4-3

BATON ROUGE - Southern picked up a midweek win Tuesday as they beat former LSU star Justin Hill and McNeese State 4-3 at Lee Hines Field. 

The Jaguars fell behind 1-0 in the 2nd inning and fought off a great performance from Cowboys pitcher Bryce Kingsley, who had 11 strikeouts in the game. 

Southern has now won 2 games in a row after dropping their previous 10 games. 

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Southern women advance at SWAC tournament http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-women-advance-at-swac-tournament/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-women-advance-at-swac-tournament/ Southern Sports Wed, 12 Mar 2014 8:56:09 PM Chris Price Southern women advance at SWAC tournament

HOUSTON - The Southern women's basketball team advance to the SWAC tournament semifinals with a win over Alabama A&M Wednesday night. 

The women held a steady lead on A&M for much of the game as they won 80-66. 

The Jags women move on to the conference semifinals Friday at 6pm

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Southern Jaguars using classroom techniques for film study http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-jaguars-using-classroom-techniques-for-film-study/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-jaguars-using-classroom-techniques-for-film-study/ Southern Sports Wed, 12 Mar 2014 8:43:37 PM Brian Holland Southern Jaguars using classroom techniques for film study

BATON ROUGE - The Southern Jaguars football team is learning their defense just like any new subject in school.

It may be a traditional way to teach and learn something, but this type of studying isn't common in football film rooms.

The idea stemmed from defensive secondary coach Marty Biagi challenging his defensive players to know their assignments well enough to teach it to their incoming teammates.

"If you say it, hear it, draw it, present it, teach it, those kind of examples," said Biagi. "Then I should be able to on film see it go from the classroom to the play on the field."

Head coach Dawson Odums likes the results he's seen from his players.

"If you take teaching in a format to where your students can give it back then they arent learning," said the second-year head coach. "The number one muscle that we have to use to create some consistency is our mind."

Sports 2's Brian Holland went inside the classroom with the Jags and has more from the Bluff.

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Prairie View A&M upsets top-seeded Southern 64-46 http://www.wbrz.com/news/prairie-view-aandm-upsets-top-seeded-southern-64-46/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/prairie-view-aandm-upsets-top-seeded-southern-64-46/ Southern Sports Wed, 12 Mar 2014 8:23:56 PM Prairie View A&M upsets top-seeded Southern 64-46

HOUSTON - Tre Hagood scored 16 points as No. 8 seed Prairie View A&M upset top-seeded Southern 64-46 in a Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinal Wednesday night.

Prairie View (10-22) avenged two losses to Southern (19-13) this season, the last a 91-59 rout on March 6. The Panthers advance to the semifinals on Friday, and will play the winner of Thursday night's game between Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Alabama A&M.

Up nine at the break, Prairie View opened the second half on a 14-2 run and led 39-18 with 13:25 remaining. Southern would only get within 12 points, 50-38 with 3:31 to play.

Jules Montgomery added 12 points for Prairie View, which has won twice since snapping a seven-game losing skid.

Malcolm Miller scored 16 points and Calvin Godfrey added 12 for Southern, which shot just 21 of 59 from the field (35.6 percent).

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Southern football gets 1st day of spring practice in pads http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-football-gets-1st-day-of-spring-practice-in-pads/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-football-gets-1st-day-of-spring-practice-in-pads/ Southern Sports Tue, 11 Mar 2014 8:34:02 PM Chris Price Southern football gets 1st day of spring practice in pads

BATON ROUGE - On an overcast day, the Southern Jaguars looked anything but gloomy, getting some hard-hitting in on the Jags 5th day of spring practice. 

It also happened to be the first day in pads, and both offense and defense went live against one another for the final 45 minutes of practice. 

"First day in pads, they're normally flying around the wrong way, but you know you reel them in and then Friday you get a opportunity to clean things up," said Jaguars Head Coach Dawson Odums.

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Southern hoops takes home SWAC postseason honors http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-hoops-takes-home-swac-postseason-honors/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-hoops-takes-home-swac-postseason-honors/ Southern Sports Mon, 10 Mar 2014 3:28:52 PM Southern hoops takes home SWAC postseason honors

BIRMINGHAM - The Southern Jaguars may have missed out on the regular season SWAC title, but they made up for it with the individual honors.

Southern men's head basketball coach Roman Banks won the coach of the year, while point guard Tre'Lun Banks claimed freshman honors and center Calvin Godfrey was named the top newcomer in the SWAC.

Roman Banks led the Jaguars to a 19-11 record, including 15-2 in SWAC games.

Trelun Banks led Southern in assists and averaged 8.6 points.

Godfrey averaged 12.9 points and 8.8 rebounds.

Texas Southern forward Aaric Murray is the Southwestern Athletic Conference player of the year.

Murray was also named defensive player of the year in voting by SWAC coaches and sports information directors released Monday.

Murray led the SWAC in scoring, averaging 21.7 points and 7.7 rebounds a game. Murray also blocked a league-best 69 shots.

The Jaguars open play in the SWAC Tournament on Wednesday in Houston, Texas.

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